Yesterday evening saw night three of David Gilmour's concerts at the Royal Albert Hall - the middle show of five taking place this month to close the Rattle That Lock Euro tour - and an interesting surprise to those attending.
Those in the right position, and quite eagle-eyed, might have spotted a familiar face lurking in the wings stage right as Time/Breathe (reprise) began. Thespian Benedict Cumberbatch is not so well known for his singing (although he did sing in a 2013 production) but he ably took on the role of the Doctor in the finale, Comfortably Numb. There was a healthy degree of shock and surprise to see the star of Sherlock, and one of the Star Trek films (amongst many other things) on stage for this song, and he seemed to have a whale of a time performing it. From David's official YouTube page, here's a video of Cumberbatch in action:
The new issue of the UK's Prog Magazine is published on Wednesday (September 28th), which features an extensive feature on Pink Floyd's 1970 album - their first number one - Atom Heart Mother. With a customised Lulubelle III on the cover, it should be an eyecatching item in magazine retailers.
With the impending release of Pink Floyd: The Early Years 1965-72 box set the people behind the magazine tell us that it's a Floyd extravaganza within the pages of the magazine - they look at the making of Atom Heart Mother, the band's film soundtracks and lift the lid on the rarities hidden inside the box.
There are also exclusive interviews with Van der Graaf Generator, Brian Eno, Kansas, Opeth, Nosound, Glass Hammer, Gong - Band, Stick Men (Official), Director John Carpenter, DARKHER, Dec Burke and more. Plus all the coverage from the Prog Awards, a 10-track CD and a free Prog Awards programme to boot.
Ticket sales for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, which opens at London's Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum on May 13th 2017 and runs until October 1st, are selling well, with some times on certain dates - particularly early in the run - completely sold out.
At the end of last month, the exhibition was launched at the museum, with Nick Mason on hand to accompany a relative of Algie, who famously flew between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station for the cover of 1977's Animals (and made his escape during the photo session). The pig at the V&A behaved perfectly, being seen from office buildings across London for quite some distance.
As a special treat, here are three special pictures from the V&A launch.
If you are yet to get yours, tickets are priced at £20 (Monday-Friday), £24 (Saturday-Sunday), and concessions, including family tickets at reduced prices, are available. V&A Members go free. Advance booking is strongly advised. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster, Seetickets, direct from the V&A at vam.ac.uk/pinkfloyd, by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies), or in person at the V&A itself.
Following the pair of concerts that Roger Waters is performing in Mexico City, a free concert has been announced in the middle of the city before the production heads north of the border to the pair of weekends to be held at Indio, California. The concert takes place at 8pm on October 1st, at the Zócalo.
The Zócalo is the common name of the main square in central Mexico City. The plaza used to be known simply as the "Main Square" or "Arms Square," and today its formal name is Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square).
As a guide to capacity, Paul McCartney gave a free concert at the location on May 10th, 2012 in front of 250,000 people as a part of his On The Run Tour. It is not unreasonable to consider that Roger might attract a similarly sized audience.
As with his other shows in Mexico, the show poster gives some clear indications as to what the set list might contain, with stylised depictions of (from left to right) The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. No huge surprises there, but will there be some other surprises, such as material from his new, work-in-progress album? Not long to wait to find out!